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ScribusRibus:
Hi all,

As a noob to Scribus, unsurprisingly, I appear to have broken something!  ;D

I've created a new document, which looks just fine, and have been updating it for a few hours - although it has some very bizarre behaviour when editing some of the table cells at the moment, that may be a clue - I seem unable to export the document to PDF.

I can export to any other format, with varying success with the final render, but as soon as I select "File | Export | Save as PDF..." Scribus crashes with SIG11 - although Scribus does manage to save an emergency file before it quits. This happens on both systems, detailed below.

I have managed to export the current version of the document as PostScript, then import that version to export as a PDF, but I've not been able to export to a PDF directly from the current version of the document.  ???

My guess is that the odd behaviour of some of the table cells is caused by some internal file oddities, acquired from just using Scribus (a bug?) that are throwing the PDF export for a loop, but not the PS export et al.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can fix/troubleshoot or otherwise help you guys establish the cause to help fix this issue? - btw, I have NOT manually edited the file, although I have viewed it with less, and I have an idea why the table cells are acting up, and that may be what's causing the issue for exporting to PDF - but obviously "what do I know!"  8)

Many thanks  :D


Software version and System details:

* System 1


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qt5ct: using qt5ct plugin

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Homepage:       http://www.scribus.net
Documentation:  http://docs.scribus.net
Wiki:           http://wiki.scribus.net
Issues:         http://bugs.scribus.net

Scribus Version 1.5.5

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--- Code: ---$ inxi -bz
System:    Kernel: 5.4.0-91-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: Cinnamon 5.0.7 Distro: Linux Mint 20.2 Uma
Machine:   Type: Desktop System: NOVATECH product: BB-91008 v: V1.0 serial: <filter>
           Mobo: Gigabyte model: H310M S2H 2.0 v: x.x serial: <filter> UEFI [Legacy]: American Megatrends v: F14a
           date: 08/18/2020
CPU:       Quad Core: Intel Core i3-9100F type: MCP speed: 1577 MHz min/max: 800/4200 MHz
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA GK208B [GeForce GT 710] driver: nvidia v: 470.86
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.11 driver: nvidia unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,nouveau,vesa
           resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz, 1920x1080~60Hz
           OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GT 710/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 470.86
Network:   Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet driver: r8169
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 1.61 TiB used: 624.55 GiB (37.9%)
Info:      Processes: 469 Uptime: 2d 5h 16m Memory: 31.31 GiB used: 22.51 GiB (71.9%) Shell: bash inxi: 3.0.38

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* System 2


--- Code: ---$ scribus -v

Scribus, Open Source Desktop Publishing
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Homepage:       http://www.scribus.net
Documentation:  http://docs.scribus.net
Wiki:           http://wiki.scribus.net
Issues:         http://bugs.scribus.net

Scribus Version 1.5.7

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--- Code: ---$ inxi -bz
System:
  Kernel: 5.11.4-1-rt11-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: Xfce 4.16.3
    Distro: Manjaro Linux
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 20L50000UK v: ThinkPad T480
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: LENOVO model: 20L50000UK v: SDK0J40697 WIN
    serial: <superuser required> UEFI: LENOVO v: N24ET37W (1.12 )
    date: 03/14/2018
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 16.6 Wh (97.6%) condition: 17.0/23.9 Wh (71.0%)
  ID-2: BAT1 charge: 19.4 Wh (100.0%) condition: 19.4/24.1 Wh (80.7%)
CPU:
  Info: quad core Intel Core i5-8250U [MT MCP] speed (MHz): avg: 2000
    min/max: 400/3400
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel UHD Graphics 620 driver: i915 v: kernel
  Device-2: IMC Networks Integrated Camera type: USB driver: uvcvideo
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.21.1.1 driver: loaded: modesetting
    resolution: 1920x1080
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel UHD Graphics 620 (KBL GT2)
    v: 4.6 Mesa 21.2.5
Network:
  Device-1: Intel Ethernet I219-V driver: e1000e
  Device-2: Intel Wireless 8265 / 8275 driver: iwlwifi
  Device-3: Intel Bluetooth wireless interface type: USB driver: btusb
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 1.03 TiB used: 438.45 GiB (41.7%)
Info:
  Processes: 465 Uptime: 7d 21h 52m Memory: 31.13 GiB used: 13.62 GiB (43.8%)
  Shell: Bash inxi: 3.3.10

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toyotadesigner:
If you have placed your tables on different layers, you can disable specific layers for printing/export by removing the check mark in the layers window. This might help you to locate the problematic table.

What I really don't understand: Why do you export a document as an *.eps, then import it again to export it as a PDF? Why can't you just export the documents straightforward as a PDF?



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ScribusRibus:

--- Quote from: toyotadesigner on December 17, 2021, 06:02:20 pm ---If you have placed your tables on different layers, you can disable specific layers for printing/export by removing the check mark in the layers window. This might help you to locate the problematic table.

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Unfortunately I have used only one layer - as the document is quite simple in design. Although, your suggestion has given me an idea! I could use the same idea per table, even though they are all on one layer, as each object has a button in the properties dialog to enable or disable exporting/printing of the object! - So thanks for that! I may be able to establish that a table is indeed the cause, and possibly narrow down the root cause of my issue in the process.


--- Quote from: toyotadesigner on December 17, 2021, 06:02:20 pm ---What I really don't understand: Why do you export a document as an *.eps, then import it again to export it as a PDF? Why can't you just export the documents straightforward as a PDF?

--- End quote ---

Indeed, I would under normal circumstances export directly to PDF, but unfortunately that is precisely my issue - with the current document as it is I cannot export to PDF, the moment I select the menu item to export to PDF, Scribus crashes and exits.  :(

So, exporting the current document to any other format, which works - even though it has issues exporting to PDF - although some formats were more successful in terms of what is rendered in the output than others. The EPS format was the only format that would export and render from the current document as required - but, I ultimately needed a PDF format, hence export current document to EPS, import the resulting EPS, then export that to PDF. Voila! a PDF! 8)

toyotadesigner:
Just create one or several new layers. Then select one (or more) table(s), right click -> Send to layer <layer name>, then disable the layer for printing/exporting.

ScribusRibus:

--- Quote from: toyotadesigner on December 17, 2021, 06:42:07 pm ---Just create one or several new layers. Then select one (or more) table(s), right click -> Send to layer <layer name>, then disable the layer for printing/exporting.

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Okay. I just tried that idea, and no luck.

First, I disabled export/printing of all text and table objects - priview mode showed nothing (all good) but attempting to export still crashed Scribus.
Second, I moved all those objects to a layer of their own - still disabled for export/printing - plus one other layer for some notes, and then also disabled the layer from export/printing - preview mode showed nothing (all good) but attempting to export still crashed Scribus.

Okay, It seems I can print, even blank pages because everything is disabled from export/printing! I can export a new empty document from start-up to PDF though! lol

...but even with all layers disabled for export/printing, I cannot export the current document to PDF.  :(

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